Twenty-four U.S. cities plan to submit bids to host 2016 Copa America matches, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.
Eight to 13 cities are expected to be chosen to host matches during the tournament, which will be held in June 2016. It will be the 100th anniversary of the original tournament and will be the first time it has been hosted outside of South America. In September, the event was added to FIFA's official calendar, meaning the world's best players will be able to represent their countries.
The deadline to submit a bid to host matches is March 16, 2015, and U.S. Soccer will announce the winners in May.
“The interest level from cities across the nation has been phenomenal,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Everyone understands the tournament will be a huge event during the summer of 2016, and it’s exciting to see all of these cities putting together bids to be involved. With over 18 months until the tournament starts, we already are starting to see the impact and interest the tournament will have with soccer fans across the United States.”
A notable omission from the list is Miami. Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl confirmed last month that Miami would not bid because of scheduled renovations at Sun Life Stadium in 2016.
The complete list of cities considering bids for the tournament is below, ordered by state:
- Arizona: Phoenix
- California: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
- Colorado: Denver
- District of Columbia: Washington, D.C.
- Florida: Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa
- Georgia: Atlanta
- Illinois: Chicago
- Indiana: Indianapolis
- Maryland: Baltimore
- Massachusetts: Boston
- Michigan: Detroit
- Missouri: Kansas City, St. Louis
- New York/New Jersey: Greater New York
- Ohio: Cleveland
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
- Tennessee: Nashville
- Texas: Dallas, Houston
- Washington: Seattle
- Paul Palladino